A good coaching session begins by exploring what is going well. Leveraging our successes and strengths accelerates outcomes. This approach calls on personal resourcefulness and resiliency. As David Emerald of the TED Dynamic writes: “Focus on problems and you’ll see more problems. Focus on outcomes and you’ll see more possibilities”. Do you tend to have an outcome or problem focused mindset?
In a recent blog by Emerald, he writes “problems stick together like Velcro”. He created a diagram that visualizes the mindsets of both problem and outcome focus. It is simple, elegant and powerful. On the problem side of the diagram are words such as: anxiety, blame, worry and fear. On the outcome side of the diagram are words such as: opportunities, possibilities, innovation, ideas, and enthusiasm. This simple diagram helps us to notice our mindset around problems and outcomes. [Read more…]